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Kei Nishikori survives five match points against Gael Monfils in Miami

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Kei Nishikori some how found a way through to the semi finals of the Miami Open after defeating Gael Monfils 4-6, 6-3, 7-6. The Japanese came through a tremendous 2 hour 32 minute battle in which he was against the ropes on many occasions but he found a way to save five match points and come out on top in the end.

 

Monfils took the opening set, which included 11 winners, and showed his most aggressive side and brilliant athleticism to take the opener 6-4. Nishikori upped his game in the second set and took an important break of serve in the fourth game. The roles had reversed and it was now the Japanese player who attacked and the Frenchman who defended. Nishikori kept up the rhythm in the third set and broke a downbeat Monfils in the third game.

But Monfils managed to flip the match around once again and at 5-4 he had three match points at 0-40 on Nishikori’s serve. The Frenchman didn’t take any of them, or a further fourth match point in the same game, and the match eluded him once again in Nishikori’s following service game. The Japanese had survived and trundled into the tie break, and the sense of having been granted a lifeline boosted Nishikori who made sure he wouldn’t let an opportunity like this slip away as he dispatched Monfils. Nishikori will have to recover, both mentally and physically, before facing either Nick Kyrgios or Milos Raonic in the semi finals.

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Start To 2021 Season Likely To Be ‘Very Strenuous’ For Novak Djokovic, Says Coach

Marian Vajda gives his verdict on how the season has gone for the world No.1.

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The ongoing uncertainty concerning the start of the new season is likely to present challenges for Novak Djokovic, according to his principal coach.

 

Marian Vajda says the team expects to face some sort of difficulty when it comes to what he describes as the ‘organizational point of view.’ Players are currently awaiting confirmation about what the plans for the start of 2021 will be. It had been hoped that they would be allowed to enter Australia next month to begin their 14-day quarantine but such a motion was denied by government officials. At present Tennis Australia is in negotiations with local officials. It is being reported that the Australian Open, which Djokovic is the defending champion of, will likely be delayed by a couple weeks.

It will be very strenuous from an organizational point of view. We will see when the Australian Open starts and whether the preparatory tournaments, which are still on the schedule, take place,” Vajda told Aktuality.sk.
“It would be great if there was a bubble at the Australian Open as in New York and Paris and everything would take place right on the campus in Melbourne.”

Whilst there is yet to be an official announcement, the ATP has informed their players that they will be allowed to practice during quarantine via an internal statement. Although they will be separated from the community and be expected to strictly follow the protocol.

World No.1 Djokovic will be hoping to continue his momentum from 2020 into the new year. He has achieved a win-loss record of 41-5 and won four titles. The second highest on the Tour after Russia’s Andrey Rublev. The performance helped the Serbian secure the year-end top spot for a record-equalling sixth time along with Pete Sampras.

“Novak has achieved an incredible performance, being the sixth year-end world (No.1) is a fantastic achievement,” Vajda commented. “He has met the goal he set at the beginning of the season. In the future, he has a vision to break their record.”

Despite the success, Djokovic’s mentor admitted that he was unsure if he would be in good form when the Tour restarted after its break due to COVID-19. During the intermission, the tennis star co-founded the Adria Tour which ended early following an outbreak of the virus which Djokovic himself also contracted.

“I appreciate that Nole achieved successful results even after the restart of the season,” he said. “I was a little worried about if he would be fit and he also overcame the coronavirus.’
“The tournament in New York had the unfortunate quarter-final disqualification at the US Open, he could have gotten far there as well.”

Vajda has confirmed that Djokovic will start his off-season training on December 10th.

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Dominic Thiem Hopes To Emulate Coach Massu In 2021

The Austrian has set his sights of claiming an Olympic medal despite previously saying he was not a fan of the event.

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World No.3 Dominic Thiem will be targeting glory at the Olympic Games next year after previously casting doubts over playing at the event.

 

The US Open champion confirmed on his website that he will be playing at the Games because the event ‘fits into his schedule’ and he wants to experience what his coach went through. Mentor Nicolas Massu is a two-time Olympic champion after winning both the singles and doubles titles at the 2004 Athens Games. The 41-year-old is the first and only athlete from Chile to have won multiple gold medals.

“I am going to participate at the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo starting on July 23! I have been thinking about it for a longer period of time, and next year it eventually fits into my tournament schedule,” Thiem wrote on his personal website.
“I am looking forward to it to compete for a medal. My coach Nicolas Massu won two gold medals in Athens in 2004, he told me about the incredibly wonderful emotions. I want to feel these kind of emotions myself. For an athlete the atmosphere at the Olympics must be unique, I want to soak it all up.”

Thiem’s commitment is a big U-turn compared to that of the past. Prior to the 2016 Rio Olympics, which he didn’t play in, he said that the Olympics were only important if you win a medal. During the same interview he added that he would rather play on the ATP Tour and in the Davis Cup.

“I’m not a big fan of the Olympic Games. The ATP calendar is a bit complex due to the Olympic event,” he told TennisNet in 2015.

The Tokyo Games were meant to take place earlier this summer, but had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tennis tournament is set to be held at the Ariake Coliseum which usually hosts the Pan Pacific Open. Thiem will be bidding to become the first player from his country to win a medal in the Open Era. The only other Austrian to have won a medal at the Games was Felix Pipes who won a silver in the doubles competition back in 1912.

Besides his Olympic ambitions for 2021, Thiem has also confirmed that he will be playing in the Laver Cup. A team event that features Team Europe takes on the rest of the world. The competition is officially part of the ATP calendar but offers no ranking points.

“On the one hand everybody is completely serious about it, everybody wants to win this trophy – on the other hand we have so much fun, the best tennis players present themselves as friends and cheer for each other,” he commented about the three-day competition.

The Laver Cup will take place after the Olympics in September.

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It Isn’t Just Football Who Are Mourning The Loss Of Diego Maradona

The world of football has lost one of its icons and tennis has lost a loyal fan.

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Diego Maradona (image via Sky Sports Tennis Twitter)

It was during the 2013 Dubai Tennis Championships when Diego Armando Maradona stated that tennis was his second favourite sport after his beloved football.

 

The Argentinian sporting icon was a passionate and enthusiastic follower for more than 30 years until his death on Wednesday due to a heart attack. Regularly he would be seen watching matches in crowds at various tournaments. One of the earliest anecdotes took place in 1984 when he turned up to watch the French Open final and cheered on John McEnroe, who was taking on Ivan Lendl. Swiss journalist Rene Stauffer was sitting next to him and remembers the iconic figure ‘cheering like crazy.

Of course it was his fellow countrymen and women who Maradona was most interested in supporting. One in particular was Juan Martin del Potro who won the 2009 US Open. He once joked ‘Next week I’ll be the one training del Potro myself. I will ask Franco Davin to step aside and Diego will train del Potro.‘ He appeared to have a great amount of respect for the former world No.3 who is one of thousands mourning his death.

I feel that you return to the place that belongs to you, HEAVEN. For me you will never die. Rest in peace,” Del Potro wrote on Twitter.

After retiring from professional football in 1997 Maradona encountered his own personal demons as he battled with health issues and drug addiction. Nevertheless, his passion for sport never suffered. Attending various Davis Cup ties, he was usually seen shouting and cheering for his countrymen. He even had his own VIP box sporting his country’s flag with the words ‘The Maradona family is here‘ during the 2017 final between Argentina and Croatia.

Despite his calibre, Maradona said that he was star struck to meet some of tennis’ top names. One of those was former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki who got talking to him during the Dubai Tennis Championships seven years ago. At the time Maradona was an ambassador for the Dubai Sports Council (DSC).

“I had the pleasure to meet Caroline Wozniacki. She is one of the top players and she is very beautiful and a very nice girl,” he said. “Despite her ranking and all her achievements, she came to say hello to me, although I’m the one who wanted to get up and go and greet her.”

As for the three giants of men’s tennis, Maradona cheered them on and spoke to them on numerous occasions. Wheather that was in person or via video message.

For Rafael Nadal this year marks the 10th anniversary of when the two spoke with each other at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. When the news broke of Maradona’s death he was one of the first to pay tribute.

“One of the greatest sportsmen in history, Diego Maradona, has left us. What he did in football will remain. My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to his family, the world of football, and to all of Argentina.” He wrote on social media.

It was in the same tournament as Nadal when Novak Djokovic once said ‘to have him as a supporter is an incredible honour and a pleasure.‘ A few months on from that, the two briefly spent time together in Abu Dubai as the Serbian conducted his off-season training.

One of Maradona’s final interactions with tennis before his death took place last year when Roger Federer played an exhibition match in Buenos Aires. In a video message broadcasted on the screens of the stadium he said to the Swiss ‘you were, you are and will be the greatest. There’s no other like you.‘ Words that brought tears to the eye of the 20-time Grand Slam champion. Originally the two had planned to meet in person but were unable to due to Maradona’s health.

It was just three weeks ago when world No.9 Diego Schwartzman spoke out about the influence the footballing great has had on his country. The two never met in person but like many others, he was an idol for the tennis star.

“He’s been a sports idol since I was a kid. I’ve seen it on YouTube, not only, I’ve seen it on TV too. I’ve never seen him for real. He’s one of my soccer idols and I love soccer.” Schwartzman said.
“Wherever we go, everyone knows Argentina thanks to Maradona! This is the reason why I have the first name, Diego.”

Argentina has declared three days of national mourning following Maradona’s death.

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